A fellow ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) member has brought to our attention the following an important change to the rules Tier 2 Entry Clearance and Leave to Remain applications, which came into effect on 31 March.
Previously, applicants submitting an application for entry clearance or leave to remain as a Tier 2 ICT migrant worker were able to provide online stamped and signed print outs of payslips for a six month period preceding the date of application by way of evidence that they have been employed by the overseas entity for the last six months.
However, paragraph 116 (I) of the new Tier 2 Policy Guidance, now states that this is no longer acceptable. In cases where applicants receive their payslips online, ‘the applicant will be required to submit a letter from the sponsor, confirming the authenticity of the payslips. This letter must be on company headed paper, and must be signed by a senior official’.
Two questions have been put to ILPA members:
- Whether the letter from the sponsor confirming the authenticity of the payslips must be original, or whether a copy of this will suffice for an application for entry clearance or leave to remain?
- What position would be deemed to be a ‘senior official’?
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